Explore Halong Bay’s Best Time to Visit

Last updated on
January 4, 2024

Explore Halong Bay's Best Time to Visit: A Comprehensive Guide to Weather, Crowds, and Budget-Friendly Tips!


The period from October to December (Fall) shines as the optimal time to visit Halong Bay. During these months, the weather is delightful with minimal rainfall, although it’s essential to note an increase in visitor numbers.

Planning smartly can lead to an incredible Ha Long tour at half the usual cost. This guide unveils the pros and cons of each season in Halong Bay, enabling you to select the ideal time for your visit that aligns with your budget and preferences.

Furthermore, discover valuable insights on navigating through potential cruise tour cancellations due to adverse weather conditions at the conclusion of this post. Get ready to make the most of your Halong Bay adventure!

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Experience the Mystical Charm of Winter in Halong Bay (January - February)

Embrace the Pleasant Weather in Halong Bay: Experience Temperatures Averaging 13-20°C, Ideal for Serene Relaxation.

During this season, anticipate daytime sunlight amidst occasional morning and late afternoon fog and drizzles, creating a mystical ambiance.

Mystical Halong Bay During January
Credit photo: @thaopham26

A mystical Halong Bay, where the rock formations hide under cloudy fog, fades in and out in the same frame.

“…the rock formations were looming out of a thick fog. This actually increased the intensity of the peacefulness of this wonderful bay.” – Ask Diver71au about Ha Long Bay

From January to February, Ha Long is less crowded and you will have the chance to experience Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in Vietnam.

new year party on cruise
New Year Event on Bhaya Cruises

Embrace the Renewal of Spring in Halong Bay (March - May): A Season of New Beginnings

Spring (March – May) in Halong Bay: Enjoy Mild Temperatures Around 24°C Amidst Increased Rainfall, Ideal for Outdoor Adventures!

During this period, anticipate occasional rain, particularly in March, leading to rising humidity levels. Nevertheless, the weather remains pleasant, offering ample sunlight for engaging in outdoor pursuits like swimming and kayaking during the day.

couple kayak in halong bay

Visiting Ha Long in Spring: Escape the Peak Season Crowds and Revel in the Pleasant Weather.

Be mindful that towards late April, an increase in visitors is expected due to the Hung Kings Temple Festival and Reunification Day. For more insights into April’s weather and additional information, explore the article below.

Summer in Halong Bay (June - September): Embrace Tropical Showers and Typhoon Awareness

Despite occasional humidity and light rain, the summer season graces Ha Long with abundant sunlight, accentuating its allure. This period offers optimal conditions for panoramic bay views, notably from seaplanes.

Ideal for water enthusiasts, summers allow more opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and a myriad of water-based activities compared to fall and winter.

halong summer

Expect the rainy season from June through September, marked by increased chances of storms and typhoons. Despite this, temperatures hover around a comfortable 29-32°C, perfect for extended swimming sessions.

August typically sees more rainfall, yet it’s often short-lived. Should rain interrupt your plans, take solace in knowing that it usually clears quickly, allowing for continued adventures under a rejuvenated bright blue sky.

Please note that during this period, trip or cruise cancellations or delays may occur due to inclement weather. However, most cruise companies offer refunds or rescheduling options for your convenience.”

For more information on what you can do in case of your cruise tour get canceled, we will discuss more detail later.

Take Advantage of Low Season Offers: Grab Deals from Cruise Lines Amidst Rainy Season in Halong Bay.

During this low season, numerous cruise lines present tempting deals and promotions. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast approximately 14 days before your booking allows you to sidestep crowds and relish the beauty of Ha Long Bay at discounted rates, offering an experience that’s both cost-effective and enchanting.

Take a look at Halong Bay overnight cruises from Bhaya Cruises, you might find the great deals from most reputable cruise operator in the bay.

Autumn Bliss: Peak Season Delights in Halong Bay (October - December)

October – December is a great time if you have plan to visit Halong Bay, thanks to its pleasant weather.

The humidity level drops considerably and the temperature is around 13°C-21°C.

This period offers ideal conditions for a visit to Halong Bay, with temperatures ranging from 13°C to 21°C and significantly reduced humidity. While rainfall diminishes, December may see some clouds by its conclusion.

Travelers can relish milder sunshine compared to the intensity of summer. Additionally, during December, rare light rains may occur alongside festive celebrations for Christmas and New Year, accompanied by increased deals and promotions.

It’s crucial to note that this peak tourist season results in heightened crowds, so anticipate bustling conditions in Ha Long.


Calling All Squid Fishing Enthusiasts! October to December: Prime Months for Big Squid Catches in Halong Bay!

Make a note in your calendar for these months as they offer the best opportunity for landing sizable squids! Get in touch with your tour company to arrange this exciting activity during your visit.

Contingency Plans: Handling a Ha Long Bay Tour Cancellation Due to Adverse Weather Conditions

The Role of Halong Bay Management Board in Tour Cancellations Due to Bad Weather.

The Halong Bay Management Board is the governing body overseeing all activities within Halong Bay, including:

  1. Permissions and Safety: Granting permissions to cruise companies to sail while retaining the right to cancel or shorten trips for passenger safety.

  2. Reasons for Cancellation: Mainly triggered by adverse weather conditions such as typhoons, storms, or heavy fog.

  3. Decision-Making Window: Typically, decisions regarding tour or cruise cancellations are made by the Halong Bay Management Board before 3:00 PM on the day of the trip.

halong management board

While cruise companies and travel agents are obliged to abide by the Board’s decisions, they prioritize informing passengers promptly and arranging the best possible alternatives.

For passengers, proactive measures are advisable:

  • Stay Informed: Regularly check news updates and maintain contact with travel agents or cruise operators for swift notifications regarding any cancellations.

In case of trip cancellations due to inclement weather, here are a few scenarios to consider for alternate arrangements:”

Scenario #1-
Prior to departure from Hanoi

If notified of a cancellation before departing for your trip, promptly reach out to your travel agent for further guidance and alternatives.

  • When is the next trip?
  • Alternative Options
  • Cancellation Policy From Your Cruise Company

If you find yourself waiting for the next trip, consider confirming your hotel booking time and, if interested, explore Hanoi on a short tour while making the most of your time.

Scenario #2-
After arriving in Halong Bay

If you receive cancellation news after arriving at Ha Long Bay, you have the option to:

  • Return To Hanoi
  • Wait For The Cruise The Day After
  • Check Cancellation Policy From Your Cruise Company

For the first option, the cruise operator will arrange transportation for your return to Hanoi.

In case you decide to wait, please be aware that due to heavy rain or storms, the next available cruise might be delayed by several days.

Scenario #3-
During your cruise trip

In the event of a cancellation on a cruise trip, your safety is always a priority.

Depending on the weather conditions, the cruise operator may make different arrangements to ensure your safety.

If you are informed of the cancellation on the first day of the trip and the weather forecast for the next day is favorable, the trip may be shortened accordingly.

  • You should spend a night at a hotel on the mainland and then resume your journey.

If bad weather is not going get better:

  • Asking Cruise Company Transfer Back To Hanoi
  • Asking Your Cruise Company About Refund Policy

Note: For details on Bhaya Cruises’ refund policy during storms or typhoons, refer to their specific guidelines on refund policy of Bhaya Cruises.

Out of the four seasons mentioned, do you have a favorite? Are you passionate about swimming or engaging in outdoor water activities? Alternatively, are you considering seizing promotional offers available during the low season?

Given the unpredictable nature of weather, surprises might unfold despite meticulous planning. However, irrespective of the month chosen for your Ha Long visit, one certainty prevails: you’ll undoubtedly be enchanted by its captivating beauty.

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